In 2004, Mesothelioma Day was established to raise awareness about one of the most deadly and unrecognized forms of cancer. Over the past ten years, organizations have joined together to shed light on the devastating effects, and to raise money for life-saving treatments. As we approach Mesothelioma Day 2014, Ward Black Law and organizations all over the world hope to get people talking about this rare cancer. The lawyers of Ward Black Law have represented victims of asbestos exposure, including Mesothelioma for 25 years.
Mesothelioma, caused solely by exposure to asbestos, develops in the thin cell layer that lines the body’s internal organs. Currently, there are three recognized forms of Mesothelioma: pleural, peritoneal and pericardial. Each affects different organ linings from the heart to the lungs, with pleural mesothelioma being the most common form. Diagnosis is difficult and often delayed since the disease can lay dormant for years before causing symptoms. When symptoms do arise, they can be mistaken for other illnesses until they grow to be more severe. Common symptoms include lower back, side and chest pain, discomfort, breathlessness, difficulty swallowing, persistent coughing, fever, weight loss and fatigue.
Many people at risk are unaware of potential symptoms of mesothelioma. People who are most at risk include miners, construction workers working with asbestos products, military veterans, 9/11 first responders and any spouse or family member in consistent contact with someone working in with asbestos-laden areas. Although no cure exists, treatment options are being developed to help prolong the lives of patients. As Mesothelioma Day continues to grow, more people are becoming aware of the harsh realities associated with the disease, and many are helping raise money for treatments.
Ward Black Law invites you to join us in recognizing Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26, 2014, we hope to help spread the word and make a difference in the treatment and cure of this disease. You can learn more here.
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